Symptoms of Early Menopause and Smoking

by Laura Ramirez on October 26, 2011

Symptoms of early menopause and smoking appear to be related. In fact, women who started smoking in their teens have a much higher chance of going through the change earlier than their peers. Women who smoked during their teen years go through menopause an average 3-5 years earlier than women who did not smoke. What does early menopause mean in terms of longevity? These are the subjects that we will be exploring in this article.

Early menopause can lead to serious health issues. When estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are balanced during the fertile years, the metabolism runs high (which helps you keep your figure), your bones, skin, heart and hair are healthy, emotions are balanced and you are less susceptible to disease. Balanced hormones are truly an elixir of youth, that illusive fountain of youth was never found by Ponce de Leon because it exists inside us in our hormone-producing glands, rather than in some forgotten forest or hidden cave.

According to About.com:

Beginning to smoke as a teenager increases a woman’s risk of early menopausethree times. Smokers often notice symptoms of menopause two to three years earlier than nonsmokers. Menstrual problems such as abnormal bleeding 

Menstrual problems such as abnormal bleeding, amenorrhea (absence of periods), and vaginal discharges / infections are common complaints among women who smoke.

Menstrual abnormalities and early menopause may be caused by a toxic effect on the ovaries or by the significantly lower levels of estrogens noted in many studies of women smokers.

But are women who go through premature menopause the only ones at risk? According to the same article:

However, health risks are present to both early and late menopausal. For those women who have their late menopausal period, they are more predisposed in developing estrogen-related disease such as breast cancer. The idea is, the more they are exposed to estrogen, and the heightened is the risk for them in developing various diseases. Same idea goes to women who have earlier menopausal period. When the ovaries atrophied and stopped producing female hormones, this could lead to bone and heart diseases.

symptoms of early menopause

Symptoms of early menopause are linked to smoking.

Of course, despite the fact that late menopause may lead to complications of its own, let’s not forget that quitting smoking is perhaps the single most important thing that you can do for your health. Over 140,000 women die every year from smoking-related causes and the sad fact is: their deaths were completely preventable. If only they could have quit smoking.

Another important consideration: women who smoke while going through menopause, have a tough time with more intense hot flashes, mood swings, etc. Of course, having a difficult transition through menopause is only the tip of the iceberg. By smoking you are literally playing with fire: you subject your body to a veritable menu of risks: lung cancer, cancer of the mouth, esophagus and throat, organ cancers: cancer of the kidneys, bladder, and pancreas, as well as heart disease.

If understanding the risks you’re taking by continuing to smoke are not enough, then just look at the photo of the older woman smoking to the right. Although smoking may seem like it looks cool in your youth, it is an ugly habit in older people. Stare at the photo and ask yourself, “Is this how you want to look in your old age?” Make the choice to stop smoking now.

What do you think about this article on the symptoms of early menopause and smoking? Is it enough to convince you to give up smoking (whether you smoking occasionally or daily) once and for all? Leave your comments below. If you know someone who could benefit from this article, share it using the links below or post the link to their Facebook wall as an FYI.

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